Marine Corps League Swansboro Detachment #1407

Marine Corps League Swansboro Detachment #1407 Next meeting November 16, 2021. Time: 1800, Location: Swansboro Moose Lodge 1425, 161 Norris Road, Swansboro, NC 28584. Social is held from 1800 until 1830 (6:00 pm – 6:30 pm), meeting starting at 1830 (6:30 pm)

Check out the Swansboro North Carolina Marine Corps League Detachment #1407 website at http://www.swansboromarinecorpsleague.webs.com/

Check out the Swansboro North Carolina Marine Corps League Detachment #1407 website at http://www.swansboromarinecorpsleague.webs.com/

Operating as usual

12/24/2021
12/24/2021

‘Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone,
In a one-bedroom house made of plaster and stone.
I had come down the chimney, with presents to give
and to see just who in this home did live.
As I looked all about, a strange sight I did see,
no tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.
No stocking by the fire, just boots filled with sand.
On the wall hung pictures of a far distant land.
With medals and badges, awards of all kind,
a sobering thought soon came to my mind.
For this house was different, unlike any I’d seen.
This was the home of a U.S. Marine.
I’d heard stories about them; I had to see more,
so I walked down the hall and pushed open the door.
And there he lay sleeping, silent, alone,
Curled up on the floor in his one-bedroom home.
He seemed so gentle, his face so serene,
Not how I pictured a U.S. Marine.
Was this the hero, of whom I’d just read?
Curled up in his poncho, a floor for his bed?
His head was clean-shaven, his weathered face tan.
I soon understood, this was more than a man.
For I realized the families that I saw that night,
owed their lives to these men, who were willing to fight.
Soon around the Nation, the children would play,
And grown-ups would celebrate on a bright Christmas day.
They all enjoyed freedom, each month and all year,
because of Marines like this one lying here.
I couldn’t help wonder how many lay alone,
on a cold Christmas Eve, in a land far from home.
Just the very thought brought a tear to my eye.
I dropped to my knees and I started to cry.
He must have awoken, for I heard a rough voice,
“Santa, don’t cry, this life is my choice
I fight for freedom, I don’t ask for more.
My life is my God, my country, my Corps.”
With that he rolled over, drifted off into sleep,
I couldn’t control it, I continued to weep.
I watched him for hours, so silent and still.
I noticed he shivered from the cold night’s chill.
So I took off my jacket, the one made of red,
and covered this Marine from his toes to his head.
Then I put on his T-shirt of scarlet and gold,
with an eagle, globe and anchor emblazoned so bold.
And although it barely fit me, I began to swell with pride,
and for one shining moment, I was Marine Corps deep inside.
I didn’t want to leave him so quiet in the night,
this guardian of honor so willing to fight.
But half asleep he rolled over, and in a voice clean and pure,
said “Carry on, Santa, it’s Christmas Day, all secure.”
One look at my watch and I knew he was right,
Merry Christmas my friend, Semper Fi and goodnight.

Versions of Corporal Schmidt’s poem (with changes to references to other of the armed services) have been circulating on the internet for many years under such titles as “A Soldier’s Christmas”, “A Soldier’s Night before Christmas” and “A Soldier’s Lonely Night before Christmas”. These versions have usually been accompanied by credits to “A Marine stationed in Okinawa, Japan” and even, since 9-11, “A Marine stationed in Afghanistan”
Corporal Schmidt has advised that the true story is that while a Lance Corporal serving as Battalion Counter Sniper at the Marine Barracks 8th and I, Washington, DC, under Commandant P.X. Kelly and Battalion Commander D.J. Myers, he wrote this poem to hang on the door of the Gym in the BEQ. When Colonel Myers came upon it, he read it and immediately had copies sent to each department at the Barracks and promptly dismissed the entire Battalion early for Christmas leave. The poem was placed that day in the Marine Corps Gazette, distributed worldwide and later submitted to Leatherneck Magazine.
©Copyright 1991 by James M. Schmidt
(As printed in December 1991 issue of Leatherneck Magazine)

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Division 2 Young Marine of the Year (YMOY) board. #div2ym

Photos from Marine Corps League Swansboro Detachment #1407's post
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12/16/2021

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Photos from Swansboro Young Marines's post

12/15/2021

On December 15, 1940 it was announced that the US Government would acquire land in Onslow County and build a military base. What is now Camp Lejeune was not named, and Jacksonville had but 873 people. The announcement and subsequent construction forever changed Onslow County which continues to host Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River. We also remember today those landowners who moved from the nearly 250 square mile area to make way for the base and whose deceased loved ones were moved to National Cemeteries at Montford Point and Verona. Our bases have contributed to significant historical notes including helping the Army to train for D-Day, the Montford Point Marines, Women Marines and War Dog training. The most recent Economic Impact statement indicates the two Onslow County bases contribute more than $4.3 billion to the economy of eastern North Carolina annually and are connected to about 141-thousand on and off base Marines, Sailors, and Coast Guard members.

12/15/2021

Attention beneficiaries,

Beginning December 15, 2021 some community retail pharmacies will no longer be part of the TRICARE network, including Sam’s Club and Walmart. If you fill prescriptions at these pharmacies after today, you will pay out-of-network copayments.

You have several options to fill your prescriptions in the TRICARE network:

1. Find a retailer near you by visiting, www.esrx.com/findpharmacy. There are new pharmacies entering the network, like CVS.

2. Get prescriptions through your local military treatment facility.

3. Home delivery. Login or register at www.militaryrx.express-scripts.com. Or call 1-877-363-1303 and choose option 3 to move eligible prescription to home delivery.

For more information about these changes, please visit

https:// newsroom.tricare.mil/Articles/2832307/changes-coming-to-tricare-retail-network-pharmacies

Photos from Marine Corps League Swansboro Detachment #1407's post
12/08/2021

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Find out more here: 🔗https://www.hqmc.marines.mil/hmx-1/About/
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Founded to help test tactics, techniques, procedures, and equipment, HMX-1 has since become synonymous with helicopter transport for the President of the United States.

Find out more here: 🔗https://www.hqmc.marines.mil/hmx-1/About/

📸 MCB Quantico VA - Inventor Igor Sikorsky, the father of American helicopters, visits HMX-1 at Marine Corps Air Station Quantico, Virginia. In the background is an HO3S-1 helicopter, one of the first two “Whirlybirds” assigned to the U. S. Marine Corps. Photo By: National Archives Photo (USMC) 127-N-A322389

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Updated December calendar.

Photos from Swansboro Young Marines's post
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Happy Birthday and Semper Fi Howard Sipler from the Marine Corps League Swansboro Detachment #1407. 29 Nov.
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Happy Birthday and Semper Fi Howard Sipler from the Marine Corps League Swansboro Detachment #1407. 29 Nov.

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11/28/2021

27 November 1950 - Beginning of the Battle of Chosin Reservoir

#OTD in 1950, eight Chinese Communist divisions in Korea launched a massive attack which had as its expressed purpose the destruction of the 1st Marine Division. This action led to the successful southward Marine Corps attack out of the Changjin (Chosin) Reservoir to the coastal port of Hungnam.

Learn more about the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in our Korean War Gallery.

Read more details about the battle in the Marine Corps History Division's U.S. Marines at the Changjin Reservoir: Frozen Chosin publication: https://www.usmcu.edu/Portals/218/Frozen%20Chosin%20US%20Marines%20at%20the%20Changjin%20Reservoir%20%20PCN%2019000410000.pdf

#history #onthisday #usmc #museum

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Marine Corps League Swansboro Detachment #1407 is currently headquartered at the Swansboro Moose Lodge, 161 Norris Road, Swansboro, NC 28584. Our meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month @ 1830. (Please Check our Calendar for meeting Times and all event information). Marine Corps League Swansboro Detachment #1407 is dedicated to helping the Marines, FMF Chaplains, FMF Corpsman and their families in Swansboro North Carolina area and supports the National Marine Corps League Sponsored Marines Helping Marines Program with information and events. The league works in cooperation with the local community and Marines in the State of North Carolina. If you have questions or would like to find more information about our organization please contact Commandant Tim Manchester at [email protected] Our official mailing address is Marine Corps League Swansboro Detachment #1407, P.O. Box 83, Swansboro, NC 28584-8572. If you're a Marine new to the area or just interested in finding out about the Marine Corps League, then Join! You will be amoungst Marines of all generations supporting the Marines and families in our community.

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As we near the end of the 2021 Fall Season, SBSL wanted to take the opportunity to thank our sponsors and supporters one more time. We could not have completed our field renovations and facilitated a successful Spring and Fall Season without their support. We are so excited for our new partnerships and cannot wait to push into the future together. Our number of young athletes in our program continue to grow and the sky is the limit! To our SBSL family, if you have the opportunity, please support these businesses and organizations within our amazing community this fall/winter!! Cliff's Car Care Battlefield Tire Pros CXBJJ Academy NC Darden Insurance Agency DICK'S Sporting Goods Dairy Queen E.L. Jones Development, LLC Island Tractor Jarman Cap and Sportswear Co LeftTurn Designs Marine Corps League Swansboro Detachment #1407 Swansboro moose lodge NCOA Down East Chapter #906 Team Chevrolet of Swansboro Trademasters Heating & Air LLC U.S. Lawns United Rentals Vannoy Lawn Care Swansboro Area Chamber of Commerce Jersey Mike's Subs Swansboro, NC
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Greetings from the Nevgloski Family, Thank you for reaching out and offering your condolences. Dorothy passed away quietly and peacefully on 14 March surrounded by her family and the love of her friends, which is exactly what she wanted. We miss her dearly, but are comforted in knowing she did not suffer and is now resting. Dorothy's final request was not hold a memorial service or funeral. Rather, she requests instead that she be remembered as she was. We appreciate the dozens of calls, texts, emails, and visits as each demonstrates how much Dorothy is loved and appreciated. The next several weeks and months will be filled with stories of joy and love as we celebrate her life, not mourning a loss. Please feel free to continue reaching out; we appreciate the sentiments. Kind regards, Al (Gunner), Alex, Deanna, and Ed
It was an honor presenting Connor Marsh with the MCL Good Citizenship Award on behalf of the Detachment. Connor was 169th Eagle Scout of Troop 130 in Morehead city.
Hey everybody! This is Marc, the new owner of Swansboro Paddle Boarding! This weekend we are hosting a Military and Service member appreciation weekend! All Military/Firefighters/Police/Nurses/EMT and corrections personnel (our heroes) will be able to enjoy a fun filled day on the White Oak River for just 10$ per hour. We can’t wait to see you all! Call Bill at (910) 389-1471 to reserve your spot. Thank you all for your service! http://swansborosup.com Onslow County Sheriff's Office, Onslow County Emergency Services "Official", Swansboro, North Carolina, Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, CampLejeune MarineCorps Base, Jacksonville North Carolina Government, Craven County Sheriff's Office, Woundedwarriorproject, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Marine Corps League Swansboro Detachment #1407, Marine Corps Combat Service Support Schools, Carteret County Speedway, Carteret County Government, Emerald Isle Police Department
FYI, I am evacuating out of state and will get try to get in touch when back.
I am a Vietnam, lost both legs in action and an accredited service officer representing Detachment 246, Staten Island, NY. Currently in need to contact Paul Siverson regarding the Sgt Angel Mendez case for a complete review. Meeting in Quantico next week with officals who have agreed to assist in the review also have complete support of Detachment 246 and Mendez family to move forward. We respectfully ask your assistance and corporation. Initial contact at: 718-447-2306 Semper Fi, Sgt. Mike Sulsona
I am a member of Detachment 246 in Staten Island, NY. Vietnam vet, lost both legs in combat. As a service officer I am reaching out to contact a past commandant Paul Siverson. Please contact Detachment 246 @ 718.447.2306.reviewing Currently reviewing the Sgt Angel Mendez case. Going to Quantico next week, have complete support of Detachment and family to move forward. Semper Fi, Sgt Michael Sulsona
To all our members, please check your due date for membership dues. I know it has been inconsistant in times past, but it should all be straightened out now. We need 100% by all Marines. If you have any questions, check with Jr. Vice, Bob Shannon. He has everything current and can let you know where you stand. Lets get it done.
Greetings again. Two more items, I need a headcount for those who are going to help set up for Military Apreciation Day at Hammocks Beach Park next Saturday morning. It is a very nice event and chance to show folks we are here too serve our Veterans. We will have a few things to give away and maybe recruit a new member or two. It is definitely a good time. There is also a Growl with Pound 143 Saturday morning at 10;00 at the USO. All dogs, please come and share some time out of the doghouse with fellow Devil Dogs. Woof woof!
Greetings Marines and Corpsmen, I hope this note finds everyone doing well. The Detachment will be attending the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Jacksonville Veterans Cemetary Monday at 10:30. I would say to get their early as parking can fill up pretty quick. I will be there at 10:00. Uniform for members is always the Red Cover, but for this event, unifrom will be white short sleeve shirt, ribbons as appropriate, black trousers, black shoes, and from what it sounds a big umbrella. If it does decide too rain, we will wear the red polo shirt, with Red Cover. No sense getting everything wet. Enjoy the weekend with family and friends. Take the time too remember those that never came home. Share a story, Semper Fi! Steve Tracy Commandant
Attention Marines! Volunteering Opportunity available THIS THURSDAY at the Wounded Warrior Battalion East. Volunteers are needed to serve Mission BBQ food at the Wounded Warrior facility. Please call or message Robert Rooth if you plan to attend. Will be in our Red Polo Shirts. What: WWBn-E Lin Lolli Family Day and Resource Fair When: Thursday 24 May Where: WWBn-E Complex Resource Fair on the outdoor basketball court In the event of inclement weather the Resource Fair will take place inside the Warrior Hope & Care Center Event Time: 1315-1700 Set up Time: 1215 - 1300 Anticipated # of participants: 350-400 Marines and families